"It was interesting to see Schubert compose. 
He very seldom made use of the pianoforte while doing it. He often used to say it would make him lose his train of thought. Quite quietly, and hardly disturbed by the unavoidable chatter and din of his friends around him, he would sit at the little writing-table, bent over the music paper and the book of poems (he was short-sighted), bite his pen, drum his fingers at the same time, trying things out, and continue to write easily and fluently, without many corrections, as if it had to be like that and not otherwise.

~ Albert Stadler - Schubert's friend

Franz SCHUBERT ( 1797-1828) remains 
 the most Genius Romantic Composer who died in such obscurity and loneliness...


After winning a position in the Choir of the Imperial Court Chapel, Franz Schubert joined the prestigious Kaiserlich-Konigliches Stadtkonvikt in Vienna. 

His teachers were Antonio Salieri -- friend of Haydn and "rival" of Mozart -- Joseph Eybler and the Choirmaster Phillip Korner. The young prodigy impressed everyone by his musical gifts.

 After going to his first Opera at age 14, Schubert was deeply moved. As a chorister himself, it revealed to him how strong his connection
with voices was. This day was the beginning of his emotional journey; it was also the start of 
a tormented life and a too-short career.

Schubert loved the piano. 

At this period, Vienna was the epicenter of the golden age of music as well as the capital of the Pianoforte. The young composer was seduced by the sensitivity and sophistication of the Viennese instruments. It allowed him to introduce the most refinement and sophistication of his piano part, in association with the purity of the voice leading the melody. 

After reading Goethe's Faust, the composer wrote his famous song "Gretchen am Spinnrade" which remains one of his first Masterpieces. Beside additional large scores composed during this period, the Master had already written more than 145 songs for piano and voice.

  Schubert worked with poets including several famous names such as Schiller, Schulze, Resllstab, as well as some of his close friends like Schober. Goethe remained one of his favorites.

Later Schubert added his friend Johann Mayrhofer, as well as Wilhelm Muller with 
the composition of his amazing Song Cycle "Winterreise".

F. Schubert - "Gretchen am Spinnrade"

"Erlkonig" was written in 1815. As the song was immediately acclaimed, Joseph von Spaun -- Schubert's close friend -- sent to Goethe the full score including other Schubert songs based on his poems. Goethe did not like them. Considering the pieces "bizarre", the German poet did not express any interest to Schubert's work. 
After returning the pieces, he ignored Schubert during his life.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe 
Friedrich Schiller









In 1816, Schubert decided to take a teaching position. Unable to make a decent living with his work, the composer began to share lodgings with friends during the next years of his very short life.
Franz von Schober -- Schubert's student, admirer and friend -- offered the Master to share his apartment for free. 

Franz von Schober

In 1817, Schober introduced Schubert to a young and talented Baritone, Johann Michael Vogl.

 Schubert had already heard him singing a few years before and was immediately convinced that he should compose for the talented young singer. But Vogl was very difficult to approach.

 Finally they met. Schubert and Vogl were both impressed with each other's talents. Their friendship grew quickly. For Schubert, it was also a great opportunity for him to discover the music world, as Vogl was very influential.

Becoming inseparable, the new Duo decided to perform throughout Vienna for a long period. 
Schubert and Vogl made many songs famous throughout Austria. 

Johann Michael Vogl

Most of the beautiful Songs written by Franz Schubert were composed with Vogl in his mind.

Most of the happiest times in Schubert's life happened during the summers spent with Vogl and his friends at Vogl's house in the city of Steyr, near Vienna. After meeting Schubert, Steyr's musical patron, Silvester Baumgartner, commissioned the Master to write his famous Chamber Music piece, the wonderful Piano 
Quintet "Die Forelle - The Trout".

The impressive Schubert Song repertoire, as well as his magical Chamber Music repertoire, would certainly not be what they are without Vogl.

If Franz Schubert remains the "Prince of Songs", 
Johann Vogl remains the  "Prince of Singers"...


On Sunday February 7, 2016, at 4:00 


invites you to celebrate the
Genius Austrian Master 

In an intimate setting, without any stage or separation between the audience and the artists, feel the essence of Chamber Music, and immerse yourself in the "Heart of the Art" to become one with the Music.

A French Champagne reception with a Gourmet Buffet catered by Patina follows the performance, and the Q & A between the Artists and the audience. 
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Introduced by Musicologist
the exquisite program for 
Voice, Strings & Piano 
will be performed by 
World-renowned Artists:

David CASTILLO, Baritone, 
Johnny LEE, Violin,
John WALZ, Cello,
& Francois CHOUCHAN, Piano.




  - Songs for Baritone & Piano

- Sonata for Violin & Piano 
in A Major D 574

- Piano Trio n.1 in B Flat Major D 898

Sponsored by
Steinway & Sons,
The French & German Consulates of Los Angeles,
KMOZART Classical Radio,
Cave to Cellar,
Performing Art Lives,




or Call (310) 498-0257

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Fifth Floor,  
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
(Self parking at the Music Center Garage on Grand Avenue)

*(Including French Champagne & High Tea Gourmet Buffet catered by Patina.
Franz Schubert
"Litanei" D 343
(This song will performed on February 7)

"If you want to hear great Chamber Music performed by outstanding musicians in an intimate atmosphere where you are only a few feet from the performers, and then be treated to Champagne and delicious treats from Patina, then you need to know about Le Salon de Musiques Chamber Music Series."
~ Henry SCHLINGER - Culture Spot LA

"A success in every sense of the word for the performances and the thoughtful musical curating by Le Salon de Musiques' Artistic Director Francois Chouchan!"
~ Ted AYALA - Crescent Valley Weekly
"Artistic Director Francois CHOUCHAN, with his keen sense of programming and recruitment of inspired Artists, has created a real Gem among the Los Angeles Chamber Music experiences."
~ Theodore BELL - Culture Spot LA

"Following the final moments closing on a tremendous chord, the audience rose to their feet, shouting well-deserved bravos. For this reviewer, this group of artists and the music selected created an exceptionally cohesive musical program, once again proving that Francois Chouchan's Le Salon de Musiques is truly an exceptional Chamber Music Series in Los Angeles."
~ Ahhda SHUR - Examiner.com

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion l 5th Floor 
135 N. Grand Avenue l Los Angeles, CA 90012  
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